Naan set for autumn
TONY McEvoy is confident his impressive colt Run Naan can measure up to the richest twoyear-old races in the autumn after producing a devastating burst to score in yesterday’s $150,000 Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate.
The victory added to an impressive carnival for McEvoy, but he is now expectantly looking to next year’s Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper after providing the first and third placegetters in the opening race at Flemington.
“He is a good colt, I couldn’t have been more impressed with him,” McEvoy said.
“I will pop him aside now and come back for the autumn and have a look at him. This is a pretty big stage, but the autumn is the biggest stage for these babies.”
Run Naan ($13) is one of 12 horses McEvoy has in the stables for Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and it is a relationship the trainer is keen to expand upon, saying it represents a great branding point for his business.
“Sheikh Khalifa bred this horse and they sent him across to me and they have bred a really good colt,” he said. “I am so excited to have these colours (in the stable).”
The colt played up a little before getting down to the barriers yesterday but produced his best when the gates flew open. He started slowly, but came into the race with a withering run late, finishing over the top of Encryption ($5.50) and McEvoy’s other runner Belzella ($9.5).